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Sally Ride Day

Sunday, May 26, 2019

This week for the Aspire & Inspire team's Buddy Support Group Challenge we were asked to blog about a) Sally Ride Day or b) May being National Recommitment month or c) blog about what we want. As you can tell by the title of my blog, I chose to blog about Sally Ride Day.

May 26th is Sally Ride Day. Sally Ride Day honors the first American woman astronaut to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle "Challenger". STS-7 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983. Celebrate Sally Ride Day by learning more about the U.S. space program and NASA. Do you find the U.S. space program interesting? Have you ever visited a NASA center?

I am a nerd/geek to the core! I have many interests but my heart definitely belongs to science and math. I can remember watching every space shuttle that was launched as a kid and then when Sally Ride was the first female to be an astronaut I was elated! When Krista McAuliffe, a teacher, was going to get to be on a Challenger flight, I thought it might actually be possible to become an astronaut. I thought it would be so cool to be an astronaut, to visit the moon, to ride in space, to visit other planets, etc. I was good in math in school but science wasn't necessarily a subject that came easily to me.

When I graduated from high school my dad and his wife took me to Disney World. We spent a week in Florida or maybe it was 2 weeks. Anyway, we went to see many things but one of the most interesting places we visited was the Kennedy Space Center. It was so cool and could have spent a couple of days there looking at and learning everything I could possibly absorb in my mind. It's a visit that still sticks out in my mind!

In college I had started out getting my Associate Degrees in Business Administration and also Computer Information Systems (CIS). After completing these degrees I transferred to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I ended up deciding to change majors to Computer Science. This degree required much more science and math. I was so scared of taking Calculus based Physics but I ended up loving it and doing alright with it. Of course, it would have been nice to be an astronaut but I have a little appreciation for the science the astronauts must have to know in order to become an astronaut. If I get a chance to go to another city/state for vacation that has a NASA center, I will definitely take advantage and visit a NASA center!

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    I truly hate math. Always have, even though I am actually good at it. AND got an accounting degree! LOL Only lasted a year doing it. Always thought it would be great to know more about space program.
    144 days ago
    Dave and I both love science, and go to Air and Space museums when we travel.
    I remember the Challenger explosion like it was yesterday - how devastating after all the excitement of a teacher going in space! I have always admired all astronauts, and especially Sally Ride!
    Dave, Sean and I took a trip to the Kennedy Space Center two years ago - I agree it was so interesting! I’d like to go again, and am fortunate that it is only an hour and a half from where we live.
    148 days ago
    I remember when they sent the teacher. Isn’t it when the space shuttle exploded? Of all times for that to happen not sure if it’s happened since. Very interesting blog.
    148 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    It's so nice to read about your background and your passion for science. Unfortunately, I've never been to Washington D.C., but after reading your blog post I may have to put this on my bucket list.
    148 days ago
    have been to the one in Washington Dc, It would be cool to see some of the others
    148 days ago
    I loved visiting the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in April - it is amazing to think of all the brave men and women who traveled into space and exploring new worlds - while also giving us greater appreciation for the planet we live on!
    148 days ago
    Great blog. You have given me a different side of Kennedy Space Center. I went there as a kid and did not find it fun at all. I think if I went now, I would have a very different appreciate for it. Going to FL in September, maybe I can get a visit in.
    148 days ago
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  • BEFIT019
    I've been to the one here in TX. Pretty cool!
    149 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for the info on space.
    149 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
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  • _LINDA
    emoticon Glad you got to see the center. I saw it as well on a family vacation. Very interesting.
    149 days ago
    I've been to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., but I've never been to a NASA center. Since I live in Alabama, I've always wanted to go to the one in Huntsville, but I haven't yet. Thanks for sharing your interest in astronauts. I think they're interesting, too.
    149 days ago
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